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Oral Conditions Caused by Stress*

Stress can affect your oral health in a number of ways.

  • Jaw joint issues – disorder of the jaw joint or chewing muscles. Can cause pain around the ear or face.
  • Bruxism – grinding of the teeth. Can occur during the day, especially when concentrating, or at night.
  • Poor oral hygiene caused by a lack of good brushing and flossing. Can lead to tooth decay and periodontal (gum) disease.
  • Cold sores – commonly triggered by dental treatment, stress and sunlight, and caused by the herpes simplex virus HSV-1.
  • Stress-induced oral infections or sores – may show up as ulcers, white lines or white or red spots.
  • Decreased immune response – can contribute to the development of periodontal (gum) disease.

Talk to Your Doctor

Make sure you talk with your dentist about any stress-related symptoms.

For more resources on managing stress and your dental health, please visit Cigna.com/dental-resources.